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Assigning star ratings and labels


Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

Video: Assigning star ratings and labels

All right, a brief note about digital photography that has to do with the topic of this exercise as you'll see. Regardless of your profession, whether you're a photographer by trade or you're an amateur or you shoot images to use in your graphic artwork or your design work or you're the member of some other profession, doesn't matter, when you're shooting a subject, you should shoot lots and lots of photographs, so that you have a wealth of photographs to cull through. For example, if I scroll down in my list here, inside the 03_open_org folder, you'll find a collection of I think about 10 photographs of Sammy with this butterfly walking across his face.
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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 33s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 46s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 18s
    1. The best way to work
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 16s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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17h 33m Beginner May 07, 2010

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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.

Download Deke's free dekeKeys and color settings from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Assembling photorealistic compositions
  • Understanding image size and resolution
  • Correcting the brightness and color of images
  • Creating accurate selection outlines
  • Retouching and healing photos
  • Mastering layers and effects
  • Printing and exporting to the web
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Deke McClelland

Assigning star ratings and labels

All right, a brief note about digital photography that has to do with the topic of this exercise as you'll see. Regardless of your profession, whether you're a photographer by trade or you're an amateur or you shoot images to use in your graphic artwork or your design work or you're the member of some other profession, doesn't matter, when you're shooting a subject, you should shoot lots and lots of photographs, so that you have a wealth of photographs to cull through. For example, if I scroll down in my list here, inside the 03_open_org folder, you'll find a collection of I think about 10 photographs of Sammy with this butterfly walking across his face.

And I just sat there and snapped pictures as long as that butterfly was there because I knew eventually it would leave and I also knew that sometimes I would lock on the focus, sometimes I wouldn't, sometimes Sammy would look goofy, sometimes he'd look great and so on. And so I wanted to make sure I had those shots. Then what you're going to do is photo edit inside of the Bridge. Now compare that to image editing which is changing the pixels inside of Photoshop, Photo Editing is the term for culling through your day shoot or your week shoot or what have you, and deciding which stuff for the money shots, and which stuff you should just leave alone.

And I do say leave alone. Don't throw them away. There is no reason to throw digital images away. They are actually relatively small. You can always buy more hard drives if you need to, but you can't buy a time machine to go back in time and re-shoot a photograph. So I recommend keep all of your photos, but do photo edit them. Do make careful decisions about which ones you want to use and don't use. And the photo editing tools of choice here inside the Bridge are located under the Label menu. They are the star ratings, one star through five-star right there, and then we also have these Labels such as Select, Second, Approved and so on and I'll show you how those work.

So I'm going to scroll back up my list, even though really I'm at the bottom of the list because I'm looking at them in reverse alphabetical order. And I'll click on this guy, this image of Sammy with his shirt off and a bunch of dirt on him, and I'll make my only my Preview bigger, so that I can see him a little bigger on screen. And that looks like a really great shot. Now I want to assign a star rating, if you are so new to this kind of stuff, you might think that you would try to exactly evaluate -- gosh, that is a four star image. So I'll go up to the Label menu and choose four stars or press Ctrl+4, Command+4 on the Mac.

So notice Ctrl or Command along with the number is going to give you star rating one through five, right there. If you want to get rid of the star rating, you'll press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac. So let's say, Gosh, what a great shot. Let's give it four stars. That's not typically the way you work, because if you're trying to assign stars like this to one image at a time, you're really working in a vacuum. You haven't seen all the other shots, presumably there would be more than just this. This is the only one I copied over. But there would be a bunch of shots of Sammy with his shirt off with dirt all over him of course.

And I wouldn't know really at this point which was the best one and which was just pretty darn good. So what you do first time through, you just go ahead and give everybody one star ratings. And one star doesn't mean bad. One star means it ranks among the best shots that you took that day. So I could press Ctrl+1 or Command+1 on the Mac or choose that command or notice these stars down here below the image, I just have to click on the first one and make it a one star image. Click on the last one and make it a five- star image for example, or click before the first star like so that gives you a little Ghostbusters icon right there in order to get rid of the star rating.

And that's true for any image. Like this one right here. I can click on the first little pimple right there to turn that into a star, because every one of these little dots is an incipient star, don't you know? I typically don't work this way either though. And the reason is because I can't really see the image and all that much detail at this point. I would prefer to work with the full- screen preview, and I can do that by pressing the Spacebar of course. And then I would say, all right this is a good image. It deserves one star. I think I already star rated it though.

But if I wanted to give it let's say two stars, I press the 2 key. This time I don't need a modifier key. I don't need Ctrl or Command. So 2 will give it two stars, as you can see down here in the lower left corner of the window. 1 will give it one star, 5 will give it five stars and so on. If I want to get rid of the star rating, that is 0. Anyway, I want to leave it set to one star, and then I'll go back to this image, definitely one star for this guy. Let's go back to that one. I hardly need to star rate it but what that let's give it five stars because I've already spent a ton of time on it.

And it better be darn good at this point. And then this guy, no it just a tower. It's dull. This guy, another tower who cares, and so on. Oh! That's pretty cool. I'll give that one star and so on and so on. All right, I'm going to escape out of here. Now what about Labels? Well, let's drop-down to this image of Max holding this butterfly. Your Labels, which are also available from the Label menu, are Select through To Do and they have colors associated with them. So if I choose the Select command. That's going to turn the image red, and it's going to give it a label of Select.

Although, you don't see that label initially. In other words, you're not seeing the label name. You can set things up though, so you will by scrolling to the top of the Metadata panel. And I'll twirl open File Properties, and in the here we should see both the Label and the Star Rating, however they're turned off by default. The Bridge has an odd habit of turning the best stuff off by default, I swear. So I'll go up to the Metadata flyout menu icon and click on it, and choose the Preferences command. And then here inside the Preferences panel, I'll twirl open File Properties and I'll drop-down here to Label and Rating. Turn them both on.

Click OK, and now we can see that the Rating is 0, but the Label is Select. So you'll see the name of that Label. You also have keyboard shortcuts. So if you press Ctrl+6 or Command+6, that gives you that Red Label Select. If you press Ctrl+7 or Command+7, you'll switch to Second, the Label Second as you can see down there, which is Yellow. Ctrl+8 or Command+8 will switch you to Green which is Approved. This is the only one I actually memorized. Even though, I am not going through this entire list for memory right now, I will jettison that memory very quickly and get rid of all but that one keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+8 or Command+8 for Approved, because that's the one I use a lot.

After all the image is green lighted to my way of thinking, and then Ctrl+9 or Command+9, which will switch you to the cyan Review Label right here. And that final label doesn't have a keyboard shortcut, the To Do Label. But it looks like this. It's purple. What's weird about these guys is that there doesn't seem to be a way to take them off from the keyboard, right? You have the No Label command but it doesn't have a keyboard shortcut. Well, in fact you do have a keyboard shortcut for removing the label and I'll show you how that works. If I press Ctrl+8 or Command+8 on the Mac to switch back to that green lighted Approval label, and then I once again press Ctrl+8 or Command+8 on the Mac that will get rid of the label.

So the same keyboard shortcut that assigns the label gets rid of it as well. And this works in the Full Screen mode. So if I'm seeing Max with this butterfly in Full Screen, and then I decide you know this is definitely green lighted. I don't have to press Ctrl or Command key, when I'm in the Full-Screen preview. All I have to do is press 8 in order to assign that Label and then press 8 again to remove it. I'm going to go ahead and assign that label to this image and escape back out. I want to show you one more thing. You can change the meaning of these Labels if you want to.

So for example, let's say I select this squirrel right here and I press Ctrl+6 or Command+6 to apply that Select label. Now I'll press Ctrl+K or Command+K on the Mac to bring up the Preferences dialog box. And I'll switch over to Labels here. And let's say I don't want red to mean Select, I want it to mean On Fire! Whatever you want it to be, just go ahead and enter it in there, and then click OK. A curious thing happens. The squirrel changes to white at this point. And notice the Label is still Select, but Select no longer corresponds to a color at this point.

So now if you want to update the squirrel so that it is On Fire! according to your new label. Go up to the Label menu and choose On Fire! or once again press Ctrl+6, Command+6 on the Mac and now he is indeed On Fire! And we see the On Fire! label down here as well. Now something to bear in mind, if I then hand this On Fire! squirrel over to another person who's using the Bridge, and they don't have an On Fire! label because they won't then they will see a white label below the squirrel because their red Label will be Select. However, that will still show then that some thing is up with this squirrel, and they will think it's might be fine.

In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to go about filtering your thumbnails inside the Content panel.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals .

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Q: While following along to the tutorial, my copy of Bridge does not have the same Export options as shown in the video. Why are these options missing in my copy?
A: For some reason, Bridge CS5 shipped without the Export options. They were included when Bridge updated to version 4.0.1. Updating Bridge will restore the export options.
Q: While following along with the exercises, next to the background layer on my Layers panel \, it shows a brush instead of the small picture, as it does in the video. What can I do to fix this? I erased the exercise files and started over, but it still shows the paintbrush.
A: This will occur if the Layers panel preview is turned off. To fix this, right-click in the empty gray area below the Background layer. Then choose Large Thumbnails. The thumbnail previews should come back immediately.
Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Presets/Keyboard Shortcuts

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
Q: How do I load the color workflow setting for this course? I downloaded the exercise files, and when I attempt to load the setting into Photoshop, they don't appear in the Finder.

A: These days, it's easier to assign the workflow settings manually. In Photoshop, choose Edit > Color Settings. Then change the first RGB setting to Adobe RGB, and click OK.

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